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Frustrated and starting over....again

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I am not quite sure why I do this. I work really hard for several months. Make good progress on my goals. And then, I just stop trying. It almost feels like someone flipped a switch and I just stop. Then I lose the progress I had made and it takes me forever to find a way to start again. The last two months I have undermined everything I was trying to do and gained back 10 of the 20 pounds I had lost. I wish I could find a way to stop this cycle.

For now...I am starting least I am not waiting as long to start over as I have in the past...I guess that is some kind of progress.

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A-NEW-TARA 1/12/2013 12:15AM

    You're back and that's what matters. I think most of us have been through the exact same cycle on many occasions. It's hard to figure out why it happens, some times it's clear other times not so much. But you are back now and we're here for you.

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ALICIAT32 1/1/2013 9:46PM

    Sounds familiar. I've been going through the same things for the last 5 years. I started out at 263 and lost 88 lbs in the next 2 years with one setback of 20 lbs gain. Then I gained 50 lbs back. I've lost 20 lbs again, but i still have 30 to go before I can get back on my journey. I was only 12 lbs from my 100 lb goal and I totally self sabotaged! I don't know what happened, I just stopped trying. I pledge to do better this year. I hope you do too!

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BOXER-MOM 1/1/2013 9:34PM

    You are me ...or I am you lol!

I lost 50 LBS in 7 months, ate right, worked out...than, about 2 months ago...stopped....result 20 LBS back on :(

I know why I quit though...I chose to...I had to have, who else is responsible for me not working out and eating everything junky I could find.

Before I started losing weight I had to lean against the wall in the morning when coming down the stairs because my ankles hurt. I couldn't run more than a few feet without stopping or go up the stairs in my house without being out of breath. I hadn't worn jeans in YEARS!!!

When I was working out ans losing weight, I could go down the stairs in the morning unaided and with no ankle pain...must have been all that extra weight on my ankles causing pain. I not only could run, I wanted to run...I would go outside with the dog and just run around ...because I could and had the energy to do it! Same with the stairs, I was jogging up the stairs...just because. I fit into my JEANS, than fit in them without flab hanging over the sides, and after a while, I could get in and out of them without undoing them!!! .....LOVED THAT!

Now when I take the dog out I have no urge to run, I can hardly run without being out of breath ...AGAIN! I am once again without energy and feeling frumpy! I put my jeans on the other day, they are to the point that I can hardly squeeze in to them...I have MAJOR Muffin top when I do. I am disgusted with myself! I was sick of seeing people around me ENJOY food, eat the things I LOVED to eat, cake, donuts, loaded baked potatoes, etc etc etc. And I decided I wanted to eat that stuff isn't even healthy! It doesn't power my body, it hardly sustains my body...yet I chose it :( I now remember that feeling of fitting those jeans when they were loose and had no muffin top hanging over, and the feeling of having energy and feeling good about myself..I WANT THAT BACK!!! I started today, not working out, but eating healthy...tomorrow I am adding exercise 5 days a week. I hope you find your motivation is hard...but I remember how worth it it is, I think you will too!!!!

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CASTIRONLADY 1/1/2013 9:20PM

    I am glad you are back. Starting over sounds a lot better than quitting. Keep coming back. It works if you work it.

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Fitness Victory

Saturday, September 08, 2012

I think I have mentioned before that I work at a facility that provides services for individuals with intellectual disabilites. Yesterday I had a situation at work that showed me how much better shape I am in. One of the men we serve decided he wanted to leave the area of supervision without staff (in other words he went AWOL). I was able to jog well enough to keep him in sight and ensure his safety. In the past when I tried this I literally fell down, because my legs would not carry me at a jog. Functional fitness! YEAH!!

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SAINTBETH 10/9/2012 11:04AM

    Wow! Good for you!! Keep up the good work.

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J0ETTE 9/9/2012 8:35AM

    Awesome! I love those kinds of victories! :)

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A-NEW-TARA 9/9/2012 1:03AM

    emoticon that had to feel great!! Way to go!

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PASTORMIKE7 9/8/2012 9:50PM

    Good for you!!!

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Why lose weight and get fit?

Monday, September 03, 2012

Yes...another Spark Coach assignment. Why do I want to lose weight and get fit. There is of course a certain amount of vanity involved. I have a pair of size 10 jeans in my closet I really want to wear again. But deeper than that...I am just tired of being tired. It seems like no matter how much I sleep I am always tired. Just making it through the basic day is a struggle, without trying to do any of the extras I would like to do. I want to be able to go hiking and rock climbing with my son, I want to volunteer to help at church and maybe even do a short term mission trip again, but I am always so tired I just can't imagine how I would manage those things. The first thing to do is to lose the weight and get fit, but while I work on that I am also working on dealing with stress better as that is another contributing factor to being tired. I am also starting to just do some of the activities I want to do. I volunteered yesterday to help at a conference our church is hosting on 9/29. I know God will help me get through the weekend.

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A-NEW-TARA 9/4/2012 10:55AM

    All wonderful reasons for becoming fit, Joyful, I have no doubt you will. You are already well on your way to achieving all your goals and I'm excited to be sharing this journey with you.

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Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Sunday, August 26, 2012

We all have them! I can be really good at it. There are the standards, of course, I'm too busy, too tired, too sick...But I can also get creative - I can't exercise in the morning on Tuesday, because it will wake up my husband and I can't workout after work because I have class. Wednesday is church and I have to go there straight from work...yeah - excuses, excuses, excuses.

Time to find solutions...If I really want to workout in the morning I can always go for a walk, that won't wake up my husband. We also have a fitness center at work so I can workout there before I leave to go to class or church. Or I can work out on my lunch break or coffee break with Coach Nicole's desk workouts.

Plan the work and work the plan!

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A-NEW-TARA 8/27/2012 11:12AM

    I love this post, we are all guilty of making excuses at one time or another. There is always a solution if you look.

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KEIPONY 8/26/2012 11:07PM

    I've said the same excuses. We need to learn to push ourselves to our limits, get out of the comfort zone and make the changes we need. Good advice you said...plan the work and work the plan!! Go for it

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EVIE4NOW 8/26/2012 9:40PM

  I am great at the excuses too. Nice to know I'm not alone. emoticon emoticon

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Non Scale Measurements of success

Friday, August 24, 2012

In what ways can I see a difference due to my efforts to get healthier:
1) Workouts are getting easier.
2) Interested in trying new types of workouts.
3) Water actually tastes good! (Never thought that one would happen. )
4) I can wear my jeans that are one size smaller.
5) My husband says he can tell I have lost weight.
6) Enjoying cooking again, which I hadn't for a long time. Its fun to try new healthy recipes.
7) Fewer migraines. (Hadn't noticed until I started thinking about this.)

Not too bad for about 6 weeks of effort.

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A-NEW-TARA 8/25/2012 1:08PM

    How exciting is all that!! I have to say they are all great non-scale victories and should be celebrated, but fewer migraines has to be the best! I hadn't thought about either but since you've pointed it out I haven't had one in over 4 weeks! Yay healthy living!!!
Keep up the great work, Joyful, and keep celebrating!

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FELINA 8/25/2012 9:41AM

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That's so fantastic !
I agree, those are 7 big things to be proud of ! A whole size smaller ! WHOOPEE !!!
Keep up the great work !

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IRISHANGIE1 8/25/2012 5:56AM

    Joyful62, I'm so happy for you!! As I always tell people who know me it's the little things in life that make me the happiest, and you have just named 7 things that are not little things, but in my mind BIG steps on your road to goal. I know what you mean about the water, I had a hard time with that in the beginning too, now I love it, prefer it over anything else, and I use just plain old tap water pour it in my old water bottles and get em ice cold and gosh they taste so good!! Your down a size in jeans this is fantastic news, I'd be strolling up and down the street for everyone to notice and if they didn't maybe just carry a little sign DOWN A WHOLE SIZE, LOL!!, and the best compliment of all your husband notices!!! So you see you have 7 BIG reasons to celebrate your success, you are doing so great.....and I'm so happy for you!!!

Congratulations and thanks for sharing your success with us!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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